Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. – Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
Interesting title huh? I thought it was if I say so myself. These past 2 years have been a great test of strength, endurance and personal growth for me. I’m pleased to say I’ve come such a mighty long way in my “intimate walk” with Christ. (Still have a long way to go though of course.) But I say intimate because although years ago I would say I knew Christ, lived for Him and loved Him, I didn’t know Him intimately. And that’s the most important part.
See the thing is, once I started to get to know God intimately my relationship completely changed. I changed. Now I can see the difference between “knowing God” and “knowing of God.” But how did I get to know God, some might ask? Well I got to know Him through certain trials and tribulations and seeing Him come through on my behalf. I had to get to a place where I relied on Him instead of relying on myself. God met me at my so-called self-reliance and self-sufficiency and showed me that there was no way I could be sufficient without Him.
I had to get to a place where I needed Him and trusted Him. That doesn’t happen overnight either, might I add. I’m still struggling with this now, and one of those areas is in my “casting my cares unto Him” department. I can know a scripture all day long but until I apply it to my life it’s meaningless. A scripture can’t do anything for me sitting on a shelf, in my pocket or in the bible highlighted and starred. Once I apply that scripture to my life is when the power of that scripture is ignited and manifested in my life.
Ever see a relay race? The objective is that each runner has a particular amount of time to pass off a baton to the next runner once their part of the race concludes. Let’s apply this to the spiritual realm. The runner would look pretty silly if they decided to run the race without passing off the baton to the next person. Get my drift? How many times have we neglected to step aside so God could take over? This has been the issue for me many times before and still is. And that’s ok as long as I get back on track, ha track get it? (Hence this post I’m sharing with you, **insert wink here**) The word tells us to cast our cares. Not care singular but cares plural. Not just the small stuff or big stuff, the stuff you think you can handle and the stuff you can’t but ALL.
And for the most part a lot of us can remember this and stay out of God’s way. But then there are those times like the picture depicts above that we keep running. We keep moving and keep doing. We keep getting in God’s way. ***Track 101: In a relay the baton has to be passed on to the next person by a particular time within a certain area on the track and if it isn’t the entire team is disqualified.*** Point is, you’re supposed to pass the baton on. SO WHY ARE YOU STILL RUNNING? Don’t disqualify or delay your destiny and purpose because you still want to take matters into your own hands. Trusting God and walking by faith is not only by just believing but showcasing your belief by stepping aside and letting God handle the rest. He’s waiting on you to say “ok I’m placing this in your hands now.” He is waiting on you to step aside and cheer Him on to the finish line.
So what will you do? Will you continue to tire yourself out worrying, planning, crying and complaining? Or will you pass the baton and trust God to finish the race that you weren’t equipped to finish in the first place? This is a team effort not a SOLO, so do your part and let God do His. It’s okay if you’ve stumbled, just get up and get back on track. God is ready and waiting! So go ahead and rest because if you’re like me that could surely come in handy!! 🙂
Peace and love.
***P.S. I’m sure I will have a great testimony and exciting news to share about this new transition about to take place in my life. I’ll keep you posted on what happened once I “gave it up” to God and trusted Him to cross the finish line. <3***
The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. – Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV)